Mandoo Doc Gooksoo For Lunch

Today after church, my friend said to me, “You are staying after aren’t you? The preacher has made pasta for us.”  I thought, “Well I like pasta.  I wonder what kind of pasta he has made. Spaghetti? Plain noodles? noodle soup?”  I decided to stay and eat, but it wasn’t pasta.  However, I was not disappointed because they were actually serving one of my favorite Korean foods: mandoo doc gooksoo.

I have actually been disappointed lately because I used to eat mandoo doc gooksoo over at the food court at E-Mart, but they have stopped serving it. If you have a sore throat, it is a really nice soup to eat, and if you don’t have a sore throat, it is good too. When we were there yesterday, I checked again hoping someone might have started serving it again, but they just aren’t selling it anymore.  It was great to see they were serving mandoo doc gooksoo after church today!

This is a picture of the mandoo doc gooksoo I ate today.  The big things are the mandoo.  You can see other smaller white thing floating in the soup as well as yellow things.  They are both doc.  There was no difference in the taste.  Doc is usually which, but sometimes they ground up other plants and add them to doc making it a different color, but not changing the taste.

If you look back through my blogs, I actually did a blog on making mandoo.  A Chinese guy taught me how to make it several years ago.  They also eat it in Japan and call it gioza and fry it.  It doesn’t matter to me if it is fried, steamed, or boiled, I like mandoo.  They eat it in Japan, Korea, and China.  The mandoo in this soup was like giant meatballs covered with pasta. That is why my friend made the mistake; he had seen the mandoo cooking and mistakenly thought it was pasta. When the Koreans try to explain them to foreigners, they call them dumplings, but we don’t have a meatball in the middle of our dumplings.

This is the kimchee that was sitting in the middle of the table. Koreans can’t eat without kimchee. I didn’t eat any. It is just too spicy for me, but my friend loaded it up in his soup.  I made a comment about how he couldn’t eat without it, and my daughter said he was just washing the kimchee so it wouldn’t be so spicy.  She was joking.

The second word in the name, doc, means rice cake. It is not sweet. They have take rice, ground it and make rice flour, and then they make that rice flour into a kind of sticky substance that is thick and rubbery, but good. In this soup, they make doc and cut it up into pieces adding it to the soup.  The word gooksoo means soup. A lot of traditional Korean and Japanese cookies are made from doc.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the company at lunch because many of my friends were there, and I also enjoyed the mandoo doc gooksoo.


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